First of all, I have Simplicity 1876, one of the Leanne Marshall designs finished. I just need to wait for the supposed sunshine that’s coming this weekend to take photos. I made the non-cupcake view A, which hasn’t been reviewed yet. I’ll be sure to post to Sewing Pattern Review ASAP.
I love all of the thrift stores here in Portland. Two worth mentioning for us crafty persons are Scrap and the Knittn’ Kitten. Scrap is a thrift shop for all art supplies. They have a large cabinet full of patterns for 25 cents, random notions, and some fabric. The Knittn’ Kitten is specifically fabric and patterns. It’s crowded and fun and run by an older lady and her daughter.
At Scrap, I found an old mail order pattern for an apron , it’s unprinted and still in it’s factory folds. The date from the stamp indicates it was mailed between 1949-1954. It’s a pretty cute piece of sewing history, no?
I also found this unintentionally hilarious book on dressing to look 10lbs thinner and younger (pretty sure she looks the same), a beltmaking kit, awl, and a bound button hole maker. Pretty exciting! I got a few more things there, but they’re not really worth mentioning. I spent $2.35 there. Cheap is awesome, it’s easy to spend a lot of money sewing.
At the Knittn’ Kitten I found some adorable patterns, I couldn’t buy all of the ones I fancied, she has hundreds. I love the details on many of these, such as; scalloped collars and pockets, little puff sleeves… too cute. Sigh, I spent a long time in there.
Now onto upcoming makes. A can of Sullivan’s Fabric Stabilizer spray arrived for me in the mail. I ordered this, because Sarai of Colette Patterns recommends it for dealing with super shifty fabrics. I can finally tackle making my version of Colette’s Macaron. I have this beautiful piece of silk chiffon that I’ve been hesitant to cut into.
I want to make my honey another western shirt using this dark chambray. The yoke will be chambray as well. The bright fabric will be used to make piping, the undercollar, and the collar stand. Hopefully, it will come out the way I envision it. Mostly a straight-laced shirt, with little peeks of bright color. He might be the only man the LOVES bright colors. My man’s got swagger.